Sponsors

Apter Industries

Our family has been manufacturing spectacular cleaning products since the 1930s. With a plant located in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, we cut our teeth scrubbing up the local steel mills. If your product didn’t perform as declared in the mills, you were physically removed from the premises. We quickly got the point.

In the early 1970s the steel mills started to go away. To survive, we launched a nationwide campaign to provide simple programs for multi-unit retailers to clean their stores. We introduced product color-coding for simplicity. But foremost, just like the “mill days”, we hung our hats on making products that worked better. Our new customers took us to Europe and Canada where we developed our no-trade-secrets disclosure and environmentally friendly policies. Keep in mind, this was before the Right-to-Know Law and biodegradability concerns that appeared in the 1980s. Today, our products safely blast through grime in convenience stores, movie theatres, school districts, government locations, and steel mills. Yes, the mills are back!

We know of no other company anywhere that produces products that are this safe, this environmentally responsible, and work this well. I would like to personally thank every customer from the steel mills to the convenience store industry for leading us down the path of quality.

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS)

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) is an independent, family-owned innovator of consumer-centric brands. Operating in emerging and highly regulated industries, our goal is to provide adult consumers with highly innovative, research-tested, and compliant products. We’re committed to innovation, excellence, and ultimately leading new industries into the promise of A World Beyond.

Gojo / Purell

The GOJO Purpose of Saving Lives and Making Life Better Through Well-being Solutions drives every decision our Family Enterprise makes, from the products we create, to the ways we work. As the inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, GOJO has changed how the world stays well for more than 70 years. We use the best science available to develop well-being solutions for skin and the surfaces people touch – solutions that result in healthier people and a healthy environment at home and away-from-home.

Hunt Brothers

Hunt Brothers® Pizza is a story of four brothers bringing to life the American dream, for their families and their customers. Don, Charlie, Jim, and Lonnie Hunt got their start on a long journey in the food business at a young age working for their father at Austin’s Drive-In. In 1991, the brothers combined each of their decades of experience and knowledge in the pizza and convenience store industries, founding the company now known as Hunt Brothers Pizza. They set out to help others achieve a better tomorrow. Today, the company remains family owned with the next generation of the Hunt family ensuring the brothers’ core mission of being a blessing remains the same.

McLane

McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane, through McLane Grocery and McLane Foodservice, operates over 80 distribution centers across the U.S. and one of the nation’s largest private fleets. The company buys, sells and delivers more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 110,000 locations across the U.S. In addition, McLane provides alcoholic beverage distribution through its wholly owned subsidiary, Empire Distributors, Inc. McLane is a wholly owned unit of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK) and employs more than 20,000 teammates.

Pinnacle Corporation

The Pinnacle Corporation provides leading-edge point of sale, loyalty, and both corporate and consumer facing mobile technology to the rapidly evolving convenience store industries. Pinnacle delivers products that drive traffic and increase profits, while helping retailers retain consumer loyalty and enhancing labor efficiency.

Quantum Services

Quantum Services is the largest auditing firm to focus exclusively on the convenience store market. We execute close to 4000 c-store audits per month and have done over 1.7 million since our company was founded in 1971.

RJ Reynolds

What does transforming tobacco mean? It means helping to resolve some of the controversial issues related to the use of tobacco as we advance our commercial objectives. We can meet society’s expectations for how a tobacco company should operate while growing our businesses. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, like each of Reynolds American Inc.’s other operating companies, will play a leadership role in the industry in transforming tobacco.